Books in the Middle: Reading for Middle School

Our focus is on books middle school students might like to read and topics pertaining to books for these students, and we are giving recommendations. Teachers, librarians and middle school students are the contributors to this blog. If you would like to listen to booktalks of some of these books, please check out this site and enjoy!

A Car Is All He Needs, or So He Thinks September 13, 2016

Filed under: Realistic Fiction/ Contemporary Fiction — oneilllibrary @ 7:06 pm

Stetson thinks he must be the only teen in history to STAY in school to spite his dad. Yeah, you heard right. His father has been after him to quit high school and come work at the same place he does, but Stetson sure doesn’t want to do anything that would make him have to spend any more time with his dad.

All Stetson cares about is having enough money to spend on his car, the car that he’s been fixing up for a long time, and his art. He’s talented and makes extra money designing t-shirts for others. Which doesn’t leave much time for hanging out with his perpetually drunk father, or much of anyone else for that matter.

So he really isn’t counting on finding out he has a sister he never knew about. After all, his mom left them when he was just over 3 years old. He only has a few memories of her. Turns out Stetson’s mother was pregnant when she left and now that she’s died, Kaylaimgres has come to live with them. Kayla has no intentions of being an easy new addition to the family either.

Stetson by S.L. Rottman looks at a complicated family situation and makes you want Stetson to make it, even when everything looks to be against him. This is probably one of the best books I’ve ever read, and a great book for any teen who has been searching for a gripping story.

Recommended for grades 8 and up.


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